Notes: Bookstore Changes; Beyond Words Hirings
Left Bank Books, St. Louis, Mo., is opening a second location, in downtown, by Thanksgiving. The store is being underwritten by local developer Craig Heller of Loftworks; under the three-year agreement, Left Bank owners may buy the business at any point. The new Left Bank store will be at 321 N. 10th Street at Locust.
Sadly Teri and Andy TeBockhorst have decided to close East Village Books, Des Moines, Iowa. In an e-mail and on their website, they wrote that "in a complicated turn of events we unexpectedly lost our financial support, and our efforts to secure alternative financing within a short time period were unsuccessful. We realize this announcement is sudden, but we have exhausted every effort over the last few days."
The pair requested customers "support independent, locally owned businesses whenever and wherever you can. Buying local feeds the economic infrastructure and while it may be too late for us, there's still time for others. We ask you to give them your support!" They also recommended customers read Deep Economy by Bill McKibben because he "does an excellent job of explaining very succinctly why it is vital to support your local community. We're quite sure one of our good friends at the Book Store or Beaverdale Books will be happy to help you obtain a copy."
Congratulations to Word Bookstore, Brooklyn, N.Y., which has been voted best bookstore by New York Press. Word "makes a point of stocking local authors as well as the best-sellers, and has a staff of helpful, well-read types always ready to make a suggestion or place a special order (which is way better than Amazon)," the paper wrote. "Another plus is great events--this week The Ice Storm author Rick Moody is reading there and playing with his band (but isn't he always?)--that often include free booze, prizes and offbeat activities. . . . Word has the combo of mom-and-pop charm and modern convenience that will make it a neighborhood institution for years to come."
To help celebrate its 30th anniversary, Annie Bloom's Books in the Multnomah Village area of Portland, Ore., is creating a memories book and encouraging customers and others to e-mail "a favorite Annie Bloom's moment you'd like to share." The anniversary party takes place Saturday October 25, beginning at 3 p.m. The store has also been celebrating by discounting a favorite book by 30% each month this year. September's discounted title is Home by Marilynne Robinson.
Calling the Old Book Shop, Morristown, N.J., "a time capsule," the Daily Record noted that owners Chris Wolff and Virginia Faulkner "trace the beginning of their shop to 1915. They purchased it in 1974 . . . The shop is more than shelves of books and collections of postcards, maps and journals. It is a place where the value of people's stories is expressed in a variety of ways."
"People hang on to books more than nearly any other thing," Wolff said. "This is time travel. This is a time capsule. Every book is a time capsule."
The Oakland Tribune offered a tribute to Walden Pond Books, Oakland, Calif., where "the boards beneath your feet sound of history, survival and all good things new and used." Founded in 1973 by Marshall Curatolo, who is now 80, the store has moved several times.
Although competition has increased, "we still have knowledgeable people who read, who know books and literature," Curatolo said. "Used books have helped us, given us a leg up on chains."
The store is also a social place, said store manager Paul Curatolo, the founder's son. Bookseller Bob Fisher added, "I've seen a lot of couples meet in the science fiction and western sections."
Effective January 1, Thomas Allen Publishers will become the exclusive Canadian distributor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's trade and reference division. Harcourt was previously distributed in Canada by Raincoast. Houghton Mifflin has had "a long and wonderful relationship with Thomas Allen," division president Gary Gentel said. "We're pleased to build on this success by having them take on the combined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt."
Danielle Marshall has joined Beyond Words as marketing manager. She formerly worked in the marketing department at Powell's Books and Powells.com and earlier was a front-line book buyer at Powell's.
Brian Danziger has joined Beyond Words as sales manager. He was formerly customer service manager at Netflix and worked in the trade sales division of Sounds True. He has more than 20 years of product sales experience. Among other things, he plans to expand the sales reach of Beyond Words's new film division, Beyond Distribution.
Simon & Schuster is handling marketing, sales and distribution of Beyond Words to the trade book market. Marshall and Danziger are in charge of the mind, body and spirit and gift markets. Beyond Words, located in Hillsboro, Ore., has a co-publishing agreement with Simon & Schuster's Atria imprint.